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Definition of rotisserie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a restaurant specializing in broiled and barbecued meats
2 : an appliance fitted with a spit on which food is rotated before or over a source of heat


adjective, often capitalized

Definition of rotisserie (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a sports league consisting of imaginary teams whose performance is based on the statistics of actual players a rotisserie baseball league

Examples of rotisserie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shawarma is one of the most popular street foods in the world, with its iconic slowly-turning vertical rotisserie of meat that is cut into thin slices. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Sufrãt brings Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes to Pembroke Pines," 30 Dec. 2020 The pork chop is rubbed with seasoning and cured, then roasted on a rotisserie with pecan wood. Veronica Hinke,, "Instead of a list of best meals, this year we’re celebrating how suburban Chicago restaurants got creative amid COVID-19 restrictions," 16 Dec. 2020 In between, Meijer employees also received free rotisserie chicken with sides several times. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Kroger, other retailers see 'eye-popping profits' as workers reap little benefit," 5 Dec. 2020 This super affordable air fryer includes a rotisserie. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday 2020: The best air fryer deals right now," 30 Nov. 2020 The average rotisserie chicken, which is slow-cooked under direct heat and often sold in grocery stores, is about 2 pounds. Popular Science, "Five better turkey alternatives to serve this Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 The meal includes a choice between a free-range whole rotisserie chicken or wagyu sirloins with a choice of red bell pepper shrimp bisque or spring salad. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving? These Irving restaurants have you covered," 11 Nov. 2020 Your old friend once snuck an entire rotisserie chicken into a movie theatre. Jason Hayes, The New Yorker, "How to Support Your Friend Who Wants to Run a Marathon," 5 Nov. 2020 That rotisserie oven is not part of the plan at Misa. Will Coviello,, "Misa restaurant opens where Bordeaux used to be in Uptown," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective See Baker Mayfield’s chef, April Thompson, create four meals from one rotisserie chicken Craving Carbonara? cleveland, "Best pizza, pierogi, lemonade, salsa, frozen custard and more: Every Cleveland’s Best contest of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 The government body was instead immersed in its own drama: A restaurateur had been charged with attempting to give one of the commission members a $5,000 bribe to open a rotisserie chicken joint in the airport. USA Today, "How the South and Southwest became the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 To celebrate the holiday, Espinoza ordered a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store last Friday and split it with her dog. Washington Post, "Friendsgiving is an epidemiologist’s nightmare. But its absence is hitting some young people hard.," 25 Nov. 2020 The Long Beach restaurant has a $275 menu for four to six people that includes a rotisserie chicken or turkey breast, five sides and dessert. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Where to order your takeout Thanksgiving dinner," 10 Nov. 2020 Sawicki’s first culinary job was making rotisserie chicken at a supermarket in Navarre. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities food truck veteran is cooking in the parking lot of his not-yet-open restaurant," 9 Nov. 2020 Those people, of course, are wrong and have clearly never enjoyed half a rotisserie chicken during a matinée. Jason Hayes, The New Yorker, "How to Support Your Friend Who Wants to Run a Marathon," 5 Nov. 2020 But dinner service, which was supposed to be the star meal with entrees like lamb with horseradish sauce, whole fish with tartar sauce and whole rotisserie duck, never attracted a robust crowd. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Inside One Brooklyn Restaurant’s Desperate Fight to Survive the Pandemic," 1 Nov. 2020 Shred some rotisserie chicken and pair it with that amazing chili crisp spread from Trader Joe’s, placed alongside some strawberries that definitely need to be eaten soon, as well as hummus and carrots. Amanda Mitchell, Bon Appétit, "I Am Passionate About Snack Boards—and These Are My Rules," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rotisserie


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rotisserie


French rôtisserie, from Middle French rostisserie, from rostir to roast — more at roast


from La Rotisserie Française, restaurant in New York City where a group of fans began the organization of a fantasy baseball league in 1979

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8 Jan 2021

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“Rotisserie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rotisserie

: a piece of equipment that turns meat over a source of heat so that it cooks on all sides

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